Arsenal encouraged by Dempsey contract situation

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Fulham striker Clint Dempsey will wait until the summer before deciding his future – opening the door for a move to Arsenal - according to the Sun on Sunday.

The 29-year-old American international forward arrived at Craven Cottage in a £2.5million deal in 2006, and after scoring 22 goals in an impressive season for Martin Jol's side, has attracted attention from a number of potential suitors.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing Demspey to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the current campaign, as he looks to bolster his attacking options and relieve the goalscoring pressure on club captain Robin van Persie.

"We will see what happens," said Dempsey. "I am talking with the club but we will have to see what happens in the summer.

"I want to focus on this season and my football and other stuff can take care of itself after the season."

Cottagers boss Jol added: "I can't predict the future. We want to keep him and hopefully he wants to stay. We have offered him a very good deal.

"He knows he is very appreciated at our club. If we want to be a top side we need players who can score more than 20 goals a season."

Dempsey's current contract runs until the summer of 2013, but Fulham are already offering a huge hike in wages to ensure he stays in west London, and see off reported interest from Arsenal.

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